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Understanding English Language Learning Levels

If you're new to teaching students whoa re learning English, it can be daunting to figure out all the levels and what students are expected to do at each. Most school boards recognize five distinct levels for English language development and assess and level students accordingly. I'll be using the following terms to break down… Continue reading Understanding English Language Learning Levels

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MEGA List of Tips For Supporting Students Who Have ADHD

So many students we have in our classrooms are diagnosed with ADHD. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to help students who are overly energetic, can't seem to focus on tasks, or daydream during class. However, there are lots of great tools and strategies we can use to help support these students and help them find… Continue reading MEGA List of Tips For Supporting Students Who Have ADHD

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Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

Hello fellow educators, I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of students who have trouble following through on instructions from others. In all my years of teaching, it has been very rarely that a student is choosing to be defiant. In fact, even with some of my students diagnosed with ODD (oppositional defiant disorder),… Continue reading Tips for Teaching Students Who Have Difficulty Following Instructions

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Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

It can be extremely difficult for many students to understand what they’re reading. Teaching reading comprehension is a major focus in Language Arts as well as other subjects, and it’s something I’m continuously asked about. Trying to read through important information can be hard for students for many different reasons. Perhaps they don’t know how… Continue reading Tips to Help Students Understand Written Materials

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Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

I’m sure we’ve all had students who have had very high aspirations and want to do well, but when push comes to shove, they lack follow-through and/or don’t know where to begin. It’s really important in these instances to teach students how to effectively follow a plan. Perhaps these kiddos are very distracted, get anxious,… Continue reading Tips for Helping Students to Follow a Plan

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Tips to Support Students Who Have Trouble Writing Tests

Many students we have in our classrooms struggle with writing tests. There are so many reasons for this and, believe me, I have so many thoughts about traditional tests. Assessment is a major part of our role as teachers; we need to know how our students are doing and how effective our teaching methods are.… Continue reading Tips to Support Students Who Have Trouble Writing Tests

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Tips For Students Who Have Trouble Paying Attention

I find so many students have a lot of difficulty with sustaining attention throughout the day. Most of these students have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but many others are struggling as well. Perhaps it’s because it’s unnatural for kids to be forced to sit in desks and listen for six hours… Continue reading Tips For Students Who Have Trouble Paying Attention

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Have Trouble Following Steps and Completing Work

Often, we teach students who have a very difficult time with following through with steps and completing assigned activities. Many students diagnosed with ADHD have a very hard time with this due to a lack of focus and difficulty staying on-task. It can be very difficult for a student who has difficulty focusing to look… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Have Trouble Following Steps and Completing Work

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Tips For Supporting Students With Messy or Disorganized Work

We all know how it feels to pick up a piece of student work to grade and not even be able to read it because it’s so messy. This can be frustrating because, not only is it difficult to decipher, we can’t crawl into a student’s hand and get them to print and draw clearer.… Continue reading Tips For Supporting Students With Messy or Disorganized Work

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Tips for Supporting Students Who Talk Inappropriately During Class

It can be very difficult to work with students who are consistenly calling out, speaking to peers, or otherwise engaging in rude behaviour during class time. I find this most common in my students with ADHD. They are so unfocused and energetic that it's very difficult for them to discern when they should and should… Continue reading Tips for Supporting Students Who Talk Inappropriately During Class